Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


September 11th, 2014

Vernetti, by Keith Davis Young.

Yosuke Ohnishi (1982), via palmandlaser.

September 10th, 2014
Burnout is about resentment," Mayer told the audience at 92Y. "[Preventing it is] about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.

How Google’s Marissa Mayer Prevents Burnout |

I don’t agree with Mayer about everything, but I agree about this.

Entrepreneur BJ Cunningham invested his life savings to create and market an additive-free smoking product called Death. He founded the Enlightened Tobacco Company in 1991. DIts product disclosed its hazardous nature by prominently displaying skull and crossbones on its outer package and came in two varieties; Death, and Death Lights. (Wikipedia.)

Black skull, by Justin Kane. 2010.

September 8th, 2014




My favourite part of the movie.

Goddamnit, I nearly spit cereal all over my computer.

Oh god

God knows

(via themarysue)


Ryo Ohshita (1982)

Ryo Ohshita (1982)

September 7th, 2014


(Source: agridul, via 2087)

(Source: hexeosis, via 2087)


Lil’ something I made awhile back for anamanaguchi! ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

Samantha Allen’s For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better, in the Daily Dot.

I was talking with someone recently about how much harassment on the internet bothered me: not just the implied violence, but the fact that anyone could think such things, much less feel it was okay to say them, anonymous or not.

The person I was talking to, a guy, shrugged it off: “Teenaged boys just think all kinds of horrible shit. Their brains go to dark places.”

Assuming this is true, my question now is, *why* do they go to dark places? What is going on in our socialization processes that lead to this? It seems we don’t unlink the deep, evolved ties between sex and violence, for a start, but surely there is more here.

September 6th, 2014
I use ResearchGate and JSTOR and Google Scholar and everything, but I sometimes find a more effective approach is to just Google for my search term plus “PDF.” That turns up a lot of old papers professors stick up on their personal websites that aren’t indexed anywhere.